Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: 1 Out of 2 Ain’t Bad? NASCAR Gets Only Gets 1 Penalty (Sort Of) Right

“He didn’t hit you; he rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin.” –Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge in the movie Days of Thunder Rubbin’, son, has been a part of racin’ since, oh, probably the first race. A properly timed rub, in the form of a move called the bump-and-run, has been a method of …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2010 CampingWorld.com 200 at Gateway

After a blackout at Gateway International Raceway forced the postponement of Friday night’s CampingWorld.com 200, it was Kevin Harvick who came out victorious on a steamy Saturday afternoon, beating Brad Keselowski to the checkers by 5.241 seconds. Harvick overcame a stiff neck and back to dominate, leading 143 of 160 laps on the way to his third win in four starts this season. Johnny Sauter, points leader Todd Bodine and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

Chase leaders learned the hard way why Chicago’s known as the Windy City, as many saw their cushion at the top swept away. Points leader Kevin Harvick’s advantage over second place was cut from 225 to 103 points, while third-place Jimmie Johnson led the most laps in the race, but could not overcome a couple …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Daytona lived up to its wild reputation Saturday night, triggering another classic Big One that shook up the 43-car field faster than your local bingo caller before calling out a number. By the time the spinning stopped, 19 cars – including a host of the top runners – were taken out in the melee, and …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona

“Same old Daytona, cars moving around and bouncing around and handling came into play and you saw a lot of passing and shuffling, and then there at the end we had the big wreck and we were fortunate to be in front of it. On the last restart, once the [No.] 24 pulled out and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Before the race, the television crew called him the best Cup driver without a restrictor-plate win, and early on, it looked like Kurt Busch might change that. Instead, Busch endured a race in which he was involved with at least three wrecks and a racecar that was beat up on every part. Yet Busch never got the brunt of anything and held on to finish seventh. Look up “underrated” in the dictionary and see if Busch’s picture is beside it.

Fanning the Flames: Figures Lie & Liars Figure… Or Do They?

As the circuit reaches its traditional halfway point this weekend during the annual July visit to Daytona, it got me thinking about how hard it is to handicap a plate race. I’ve got some experience here in that rating drivers, teams and tracks for fantasy racing games is what I’ve done for a living at …

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